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obama-082014.jpg President Barack Obama spoke harshly of the terrorist group allegedly responsible for the execution of American freelance journalist James Foley in a statement on Wednesday. Obama described the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, as a cancer that needs to be extracted.

kayhagan-082014.jpg Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., continues to lead her Republican challenger in the North Carolina Senate race, according to the results of a poll by Public Policy Polling, although Hagan's lead has narrowed compared to a month ago.

Rickperry-082014.jpg Texas Governor Rick Perry declared his innocence as he turned himself in to authorities Tuesday to face two felony counts of abuse of power.

The White House on Wednesday confirmed the video showing the beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley by an Islamic militant as "authentic." "The U.S. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing US citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff," National Security...

SeanParnell-082014.jpg Setting the stage for a highly competitive general election campaign, former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan emerged victorious in Alaska's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday. Sullivan will face off against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, D-Ak., in November in a potentially important race to Republican efforts to retake control of the Senate.

Human Rights Watch has called on US Attorney General Eric Holder to press state and local officials during his visit to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, to reform police practices to improve respect for basic rights. Holder should also support federal reforms that could help address concerns about policing...

The Islamic State (IS) militant group on Wednesday published video of execution-style killing of a US reporter who went missing in Syria in 2012. The video, published online by the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS), purports to show freelance reporter James...

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media has urged U.S. law enforcement authorities to investigate arrests of reporters covering civil disturbances in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Dunja Mijatovic urged the Government to respect the right of media to cover public events without undue...

A meeting of the Colombia-United States Security Cooperation Coordinating Group (SCCG) has endorsed the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Regional Security Cooperation for 2015. The plan will be presented for approval at the next bilateral High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue (HLSSD). As part of U.S.-Colombian...

The Pentagon has denied charges that U.S. involvement in the operation to retake the Mosul Dam from Sunni terrorists represents "mission creep." "Mission creep refers to the growth or expansion of the goals and objectives of a military operation -- that the goals and objectives change, morph into...

The United States has designated the Gaza-based Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity. The US State Department in a statement issued Tuesday...

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Tuesday called for ensuring the protection of humanitarian workers as he marked World Humanitarian Day with a special briefing to the Security Council, addressing a subject critical to people caught in conflict. Recalling that the Day commemorates...

Obama1-081914.jpg President Barack Obama revealed Monday that he is dispatching Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, amid ongoing violence in the St. Louis suburb. Obama said Holder will travel to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with the FBI agents and Justice Department personnel conducting an investigation of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

CPIChart-081914.jpg Consumer prices saw only a modest increase in the month of July, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Tuesday, with higher prices for shelter and food offset by decreases in prices for energy and airline fares. The Labor Department said its consumer price index ticked up by 0.1 percent in July after rising by 0.3 percent in June.

HousingSarts-081914.jpg After reporting a notable decrease in new residential construction for the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Tuesday showing a substantial rebound by U.S. housing starts in the month of July. The report said housing starts jumped 15.7 percent to an annual rate of 1.093 million in July after falling 4 percent to a revised 945,000 in June.